This team built this house for a large local family to replace a worn out, falling down shack in three months
Gap Year & Career Breaks
Gap Year in Tanzania
Join us for your Gap Year or take a Career Break
Are you interested in taking a Gap Year or Career Break? You can spend anything between one and six months with us and make a real difference to the lives of the people in Tanzania
Go Make A Difference is involved in a number of practical projects on an ongoing, year-round basis so you'll normally be able to choose how you want to spend your time to best utilise your skills and interests
Are you considering taking a break from your job to do something more meaningful? Many of our volunteers come for a sabbatical year and come to help as teachers, nurses, physios or doctors. You could be a builder, an electrician, a plumber, an artist... Any skill you have could make a difference to people's lives in Tanzania
Last year, James, a fourth year medical student at Newcastle University, came to assist our medical initiatives in Tanzania and spent five weeks with us. He wanted to experience life in remote health clinics and to analyse the differences between healthcare in Tanzania and the UK.
James partnered with our in-country health worker, Hezbon, and involved himself in a wide range of activities including shadowing a doctor and nurse at a Health Centre which was built by Go MAD. He led talks for the local community on topics such as First Aid and assisted the testing of students at health screening events in schools. James also observed and offered advice to a local doctor at the Coptic Medical Centre and helped with malaria testing of school children in the health screening service financed by Go MAD.
Last year, due to poor rainfall, there was a real need for water and food in Western Tanzania which usually receives two seasons of rain per year – the short rains (Oct/Nov) and the long rains (Apr/May).
During the 'short rains' in 2016 there was much less rainfall than normal. As such the area surrounding Musoma was in severe drought and so most farmers’ crops failed (other than for wealthier farmers close to Lake Victoria who can afford proper irrigation systems from the lake). As a result, last January, the price of a sack of maize (the staple ingredient in the diets of most rural Tanzanians) doubled due to food shortages.
We built two of our largest water tanks (19,000 litres) and set up a small irrigation project providing work for the local people.
Heshima - women's group
In 2016, a team of 20 volunteers came to Tanzania for three months and within that time they built a house! This replaced the home of a local family whose house was falling down.
They also built up some momentum for our women’s group - Heshima. This project helps support women in the village of Mkiringo with employment. The name means ‘dignity’. The group involves women who make starter packs for the Menstrual Health Project, which gives out reusable pads to girls at school. The girls are taught about the changes within their bodies, menstrual health and personal hygiene. We aim to reach 900 girls over the next five months across 10 schools. We are very thankful for the positive impact this is having on the girls and their education. It's not all hard work though as they also went on safari in the Serengeti.
“It is so rewarding to see that the projects here do not only provide temporary solutions. They also give long-term skills that the local people can put to use in future employment.”